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Trump's 'Buy American' pledge at risk with border wall

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall. ... Read more»

Change bill: McCain again pushes dollar coins, eliminating pennies

Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending. That’s why Republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Enzi reintroduced legislation to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, as well as eliminating the penny.... Read more»1

Trump official implies border wall might go on Mexico side of Rio Grande

Though Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't say it directly, his remarks implied the border wall would have to go on the southern side of the Rio Grande River — in Mexico. ... Read more»

Call for crackdown on immigration, sanctuary cities, splits House panel

House Republicans renewed their call this week for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants.... Read more»

Trump budget targets grant benefiting 35,000 Az college students

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of a proposed 13 percent decrease for the Department of Education.... Read more»

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»

'Sanctuary cities' weigh response to Trump's threat to curb funding

Officials from so-called sanctuary cities met in New York on Tuesday to discuss their response to threats from the Trump administration to cut off some funding to cities and states that fail to assist federal authorities in arresting illegal immigrants.... Read more»

Justice Dep't joins lawsuit alleging massive Medicare fraud by UnitedHealth

The Justice Department has joined a California whistleblower’s lawsuit that accuses insurance giant UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its popular Medicare Advantage health plans.... Read more»

How truckers, hotel workers can fight sex trafficking

Sex trafficking is a fast-growing criminal enterprise. In response, some states are looking for help in combating the trafficking where it’s likely to occur.... Read more»

Scientists: Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

At the U.S.-Mexico border, scientists say existing fencing is hurting wildlife and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many species. The barriers in place have made it harder for animals to find food, water and mates. Many, like jaguars, gray wolves and ocelots, are already endangered.... Read more»

Just like death and taxes, tax scammers are a sure thing, IRS warns

The tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, which means tax scams are in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service warns.... Read more»

Ex-Tucsonan named spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump

Stephanie Grisham, a former Tucsonan who was a spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, has been working in the White House after a stint in state government. Grisham was named the director of communications for first lady Melania Trump on Monday.... Read more»

Gridlock on anti-lock brakes baffles motorcycle safety advocates

After a long downward trend, U.S. traffic deaths are on the rise again, and a key factor is the stubbornly high fatality toll among some of the most exposed people on the road: motorcyclists. Nevertheless, federal regulators have balked at requiring a safety measure that, many experts say, could save hundreds of bikers’ lives every year.... Read more»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

Lawsuit claims CBP officer sexually molested Guatemalan woman and 17-year-old sister

A woman from Guatemala has accused an official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection of sexually assaulting her, and her 17-year-old sister, at a holding facility in southwestern Texas last July. ... Read more»

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